Social Emotional Learning


CASEL Wheel SEL Competencies


What is Social Emotional Learning?

“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identifies, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships to establish learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. SEL can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities."
(Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning -

Why SEL?

"More than two decades of research demonstrates that education promoting social and emotional learning gets results.  Here are some of the impacts of SEL when used in the classroom:

  • Better social-emotional skills
  • Improved attitudes about self, others, and school
  • Positive classroom behavior
  • Improved standardized achievement tests
  • Fewer conduct problems
  • Less emotional stress
  • Lower drug use
  • Improved life outcomes such as higher graduation rates and more stable employment” (
What does SEL look like in a classroom?

A systemic approach to SEL intentionally cultivates a caring, participatory, and equitable learning environment and evidence-based practices that actively involve all students in their social, emotional, and academic growth. This approach infuses social and emotional learning into every part of students’ daily lives—across all of their classrooms, during all times of the school day, and when they are in their homes and communities.” (Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning -

There are three essential areas of social emotional learning implementation: a supportive classroom environment, integration of SEL practices into daily instruction, and explicit SEL instruction.

SEL 3 Signature Practices

What are the SEL 3 Signature Practices? 

  1. Welcoming Inclusion Activities, Routines or Rituals
  2. Engaging Strategies
  3. Optimistic Closures

When teachers include the CASEL SEL 3 Signature Practices in every class meeting,  they create a climate and culture of safety, inclusion and belonging and support strong, effective learning environments.  

While not an SEL curriculum, the SEL 3 signature practices intentionally and explicitly help build a habit of practices through which students and adults enhance their SEL skills. 

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Social Emotional Support Form

If you are worried about a student’s social emotional well-being or mental health please select the button above to fill out our form. A referral will be sent to the appropriate staff member who will provide support for the student.  

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Family Resources

For information and resources on how to support children who may be experiencing a crisis or for whom you have mental health concerns, go to the Mental Health & Wellness page.